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This article was originally published in the Winter 2011 issue of CSAVoices.

mike Mike Hughes

I reacted with numbing sadness and disbelief when news arrived that Mike Hughes had passed away on September 22nd, 2010.

Over many years, Mike had been a friend, a supporter and a mentor. We were linked by a common interest in stuttering.

For 22 years Mike Hughes was the Executive Director of Speak Easy Canada Inc., Canada’s first, charitable organization for people who stutter, which he founded in 1984. Based in Saint John, New Brunswick, Mike was already involved in helping those who, like him, stuttered.

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BBC Radio 4 has a show about dating for people who stammer. Mr. Ashley Morrison speaks about how he copes with the difficulties in this interview.

jaan Jaan Pill

Current Acting National Coordinator of the Canadian Stuttering Association, Jaan Pill, was interviewed by Marilyn Linton from the Toronto Sun. He is quoted in an article published on Monday, February 21 entitled Stuttering, a hidden disability.

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This article was originally published in the winter 2011 issue of CSA Voices.

Are the brains of people who stutter bad timekeepers?

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“I do not understand...the lateral movement of time. A clock ticks in an orderly fashion...My urge is always to telescope time into itself... and speed it up. People with a normal sense of time can count “one, two, three, four, five” systematically. I on the other hand, would count out five as ‘one, two threefourfive’ ”
Marty Jezer, Stuttering: a Life Bound up in Words

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If someone had told me five years ago that there would be a day when articles about stuttering were everywhere you turned – whether the newspaper, radio, internet or television news outlets – I would have been highly skeptical. After all, nobody talked about stuttering. Yet today, a little movie about a stuttering king has made the condition a hot topic in news media. The general public seems both interested and amused in stuttering because of the depiction of King George VI's struggle with his speech, and journalists are always happy to oblige the latest craze. Also people who stutter are feeling more comfortable talking and writing about their experience.

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Elainesaitta Elaine Saitta

Elaine Saitta, from Seattle, Washington, has been involved in organizations for people who stutter for many years, particularly the National Stuttering Organization. She attended the CSA conference in Vancouver in 1997, and later this year will be one of our keynote speakers at CSA 2011. In her work as a speech-language pathologist she treats clients of all ages, including young adults. In this moving interview by Pamela Mertz, Elaine speaks about how "coming out" as a person who stutters, and meeting other people who stutter, changed her life. Listen here.

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